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Orientation and Advising

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs offers a special transition program for transfer students that provides support related to academic advising, testing, and registration. Services and resources for enrolled transfer students are coordinated by the Academic Advising Center

Are You a Transfer Student?

We welcome transfers to IC. You are eligible to apply to IC as a transfer student if:

  • You received a high school diploma (or its equivalent); and
  • You subsequently earned nine or more college credits or enrolled full time at another college.

What to Know before You Apply

Transfer applicants may apply for either fall or spring admission to IC. Application review is based on applicants' college and high school academic records. Learn more about supporting documentation requirements for transfer applicants.

We regret that we cannot consider transfer applications to IC's occupational therapy or physical therapy programs.

Your Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is typically awarded for college-level courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university, provided a grade of C- or better was earned. Each course is evaluated individually, and Ithaca College reserves the right to not award transfer credit for courses deemed unacceptable.

Additional details about transfer credit and articulation agreements are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Latest Notification Date Enrollment Confirmation Deadline
Spring Admission November 15 (priority consideration) Rolling Rolling
Regular Decision (Transfer) May 1 (extended) April 15 (for applications received prior to March 1); rolling thereafter May 1 (for applications received prior to March 1); rolling thereafter

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Transfers

Transfer applicants are considered for scholarships (including the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship; see below) and may also apply for federal and institutional financial aid.

  • All transfer applicants should submit the CSS Profile to determine their eligibility for institutional financial aid.
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must submit the FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid.

For applicants who plan to enroll in the spring, the priority deadline for both the FAFSA and CSS Profile is November 1.

For applicants who plan to enroll in the fall, the priority deadline for both the FAFSA and CSS Profile is January 15. 

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships

An unlimited number of renewable $2,000 per year Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships are available. Eligible students are automatically considered during the admission application review process; no additional scholarship application is required.


  • Membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • High school diploma (at the time of application)
  • Full-time enrollment

Part-time students are not eligible.

Join a Vibrant Learning Community

You'll be able to connect with other transfer students right away in our transfer Residential Learning Community (RLC) in a living space dedicated to students who are new to Ithaca College. Or, if you prefer, you can also choose from a number of other campus housing opportunities. Either way, you'll be welcomed and supported here. 

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Questions? Contact us!

Office of Admission
Peggy Ryan Williams Center, 1st Floor
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7020